Rowan ranked 22nd by 'U.S. News & World Report'

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In its annual "America's Best Colleges" issue, U.S. News & World Report has again ranked Rowan University among the best institutions of higher learning in the nation.

In its annual "America's Best Colleges" issue, U.S. News & World Report has again ranked Rowan University among the best institutions of higher learning in the nation.

For the 10th straight year, Rowan is ranked in the top tier of the Best Universities-Master's (North Region) category in the publication's compilation of the nation's top colleges and universities. Rowan is ranked 22nd (tied) in the category, up from 28th last year. The category includes universities that provide comprehensive undergraduate and master's programs.

In the Top Public Schools-Master's (North) category, Rowan is ranked third, a notch above last year's ranking.

The University's College of Engineering is ranked 15th (tied) among the nation's best undergraduate engineering programs whose highest degree is a bachelor's or master's degree. Among specialties, the college's chemical engineering program is ranked second (tied). The College of Engineering graduated its first class just nine years ago.

The rankings will be published in the September issue of U.S. News & World Report, which hits newsstands Aug. 24.

"It's gratifying to see Rowan so highly ranked in U.S. News & World Report's ‘America's Best Colleges' issue," Rowan President Donald J. Farish said.

"Many students and parents turn to U.S. News for guidance in the college selection process. While the publication should be only one tool to help select a college, we are nonetheless happy to see Rowan receive recognition."

According to U.S. News, institutional rankings are based on measures of quality that include peer assessment from top academic officers, such as university presidents, provosts and deans of admission; graduation and retention rates; faculty resources; student selectivity; financial resources; and alumni giving. Peer assessments and graduation and retention rates account for 50 percent of the overall rating, according to U.S. News.

The engineering rankings are based solely on a peer survey of deans and senior faculty, according to U.S. News.

In recent years, Rowan has been recognized nationally by other organizations that evaluate colleges. Kaplan included the University in "The Unofficial, Unbiased Insider's Guide to the 320 Most Interesting Colleges," the Princeton Review named Rowan a "Best in the Northeast" institution, and Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine named the University among the 100 best values in public higher education.

Boasting an enrollment of 10,271 students, Rowan offers 58 undergraduate majors in seven colleges, seven teacher certification programs, 38 master's degree programs, 19 graduate certification programs, and a doctoral program in educational leadership.